I present to you the best meatloaf recipe— it's tender, juicy, loaded with flavor and topped with unique but delicious glaze. This meatloaf recipe is easy to make and ready in less than an hour! It's a recipe that your entire family with find comfort in.
It's true when I say that I've always hated meatloaf. There was something about the texture and the overly sweet glaze that I wasn't fond of.
Why You'll Love This Meatloaf Recipe
- It's an easy to make recipe
- On the table in an hour
- A hands off recipe once it's in the oven
- Packed with flavor
- Has a unique, flavorful glaze
- Can be made with ground turkey or beef!
Tell Me About This Meatloaf Recipe
- Texture: Traditionally meatloaf recipes have a tighter crumb while still being tender and juicy but that's the texture that I didn't like. I wanted the meatloaf to be tender but not feel like I was chewing on a brick.
- Flavor: The Italian in me couldn't stray too far from my roots. While I included some traditional meatloaf flavors like Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, I also included key Italian ingredients to give it lots of flavor.
- Ease: If you can mix ingredients together in a bowl and then place it into a loaf pan, you can make this recipe. There's nothing complicated about it.
- Time: It takes about 15 minutes to combine everything and place it in the loaf pan and then about an hour to bake. That's it!
Overview: How To Make Meatloaf
We'll run through some key points on how to make this recipe with more specific instructions in the recipe below.
- Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl you'll combine the ingredients together until just combined. It's important to NOT overmix the meat mixture as it will become tough.
- Place in Loaf Pan: Press the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan. You want to press it in so there aren't any air pockets.
- Make & Add the Glaze: Combine the glaze ingredients into a small bowl. Then, spread the glaze over top the meat.
- Bake: Bake at 400°F for 45-55 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
How Long Do You Cook Meatloaf?
It depends. If you're following this recipe, it's about an hour. But it really all depends on the temperature of the oven. The lower the temperature, the longer it will take to bake. Because we're dealing with raw meat (either beef or turkey)— you must make sure the internal temperature is at least 160°F. While it rests it will go up about 5°F more.
Family Dinner— A Comforting Recipe!
As of lately we're less on the go and more at home with family right now. Because of that having family dinner has become more of norm than eating out. This recipe is one that the entire family will not only find comforting but LOVE!
The Best Meatloaf Recipe
- 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 Tablespoons chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon steak sauce, like A1
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, eggs, breadcrumbs, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, garlic, dried parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper and white pepper. Mix until just combined— do not overmix otherwise the meatloaf will be tough.
- Press the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, BBQ sauce, steak sauce, and brown sugar. Spread over the top of the meatloaf.
- Bake the meatloaf for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Allow the meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can prepare the meatloaf up to 2 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Follow the steps through step 2, refrigerator and then begin at step 3 (while also preheating the oven.) An unbaked meatloaf (without the glaze) can be frozen for up to 3 months. A baked meatloaf can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Meat: You can use either ground beef or ground turkey. I prefer to use a learner meat (at least 93%.)
- Broth: If you're using a large container of broth, you will have leftover. You can make my one pot sausage and broccoli pasta with the rest on another night.